Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott has set out the crew’s targets for the rest of the present F1 season.
The Silver Arrows have endured a troublesome marketing campaign that has to this point did not yield any wins for the primary time since 2011 when Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher have been team-mates.
Porpoising hindered progress firstly of the yr, then adopted by mechanical bouncing because the stiffness of F1’s new era of automobiles affected the W13 idea.
With the crew caught in limbo over its 2023 plans, Elliott has insisted it should concentrate on working its method by means of for the ultimate six races of the season, beginning in Singapore.
Reflecting on the sensation inside the crew after the Belgium-Netherlands-Italy triple-header, Elliott mentioned: “To begin with, in all probability pretty drained.
“Having three races in a month is all the time a reasonably robust ask, specific for the race crew but in addition for the crew within the manufacturing facility.
“We have had some good races and a few not-so-good races however what’s actually encouraging for me is the understanding coming from the simulation work we do.
“The understanding that’s coming from the wind tunnel is permitting us to work out why our efficiency goes up and down, what we have to do to get again into the battle proper on the entrance and what we have to do over the winter. They’re the important thing issues.
“What we have to do over the subsequent six races of the season is we simply what we all the time do which is race as finest we will.”
Mercedes set sights on Ferrari
Mercedes’ consistency and operational prowess imply the crew sits solely 35 factors behind Ferrari, regardless of the Scuderia’s F1-75 boasting higher efficiency over the season.
Setting sights on second within the constructors’, Elliott added: “We need to attempt to battle Ferrari for that P2 place.
“We need to attempt to win a race this season – or a number of races ideally – however most of all we need to get ourselves again on observe so we’re preventing correctly for a championship subsequent yr.
“That is not any disrespect to our opposition, we have got incredible opposition however that is what we actually must do as a result of we need to be again there, we need to be difficult for championships as a result of that is what we’re about.”